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Article: What's New in The Featherweight Shop Vintage Collection - July 2023

What's New in The Featherweight Shop Vintage Collection - July 2023


Here at the Featherweight Shop, we have quite the collection of vintage Singer items.  Due to our remote location, very few customers have had the opportunity to see the many rare Singer items we have.  This series of blog posts brings our collection out for all to see what new items we receive.  Some of these items may be famous and recognizable, but there may be other items that very few individuals have ever seen or heard of before.  For the month of July 2023, here are some of our recent finds:

This darling, bright puzzle reminds us that Singer's sewing machines were first produced in an era that seems so long ago. Singer was established 10 years prior to the start of the Civil War and 25 years before the Battle of the Little Bighorn!

Our Singer advertisement collection is ever-growing, and this one from the UK features both the 221 and 222.

This screwdriver was used in Singer's industrial division, and that certainly makes sense as this screwdriver is larger than anything necessary for working on a Featherweight.

Modern technology and printing enable artists to produce graphics at an accelerated rate, so a business card like this adds a certain appreciation for the time spent in achieving beauty in advertisements from the 19th century. 

The Automatic ZigZagger was by far the most common ZigZagger used with the Featherweight and other household Singer sewing machines here in the USA. Across Europe, however, the Swiss-made Singer ZigZagger was more prevalent - making one of these Great-Britain manufactured Automatic ZigZaggers a rarer find. Notice the slightly different Singer font and the 'Made in Great Britain' printed on the side.

The Genius Rewarded Singer history books are very rare and contain a gripping history of the sewing machine. Click here to see if we have any of these original books for sale.

This beautiful Singer model 20 has the Red 'S' badge and is the perfect match for any collector that has a Red 'S' 221 or 222. This badge variation is rather difficult to find, especially in black; this machine was originally sold in France.

This marvelous oil jug stands 14" tall and came from Italy. We also have its matching miniature.

The rare Blackside Tucker is one of the basic attachments produced with a Blackside finish. Click here to see if we have any of this attachment in Blackside for sale.

It is always a delight to find a piece of Singer history like this that gives us a glimpse into what it was like as an employee of the manufacturing giant. The care and professionalism put into this event is unheard of today. In today's era of media presence, this type of event could be quite an opportunity to boost PR; however, this tournament was for the employees and their enjoyment, not a publicity stunt.

We are thrilled to add this rare, light azure (as we have named the color) Sewhandy model 20 to our collection. The collectability of the Singer Sewhandy is surging as more color and case variations are being found.

There are so many fun vintage Singer items here at the shop, and we are very excited to share our new finds with the Featherweight community.  Stay tuned for next month!